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Osteoporosis Drug Found to CAUSE Leg Fractures

Women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to prevent broken bones were showing up with rare and serious fractures of their thigh bones. The fractures are highly unusual because they are occurring in the long bone of the thigh, when ordinarily thigh bone fractures occur near the hip socket. Further, because this area does not have a rich blood supply, the fractures are difficult to heal.

Annual sales of osteoporosis drugs have doubled to $8.3 billion since 2003, which is a solid indicator that many people are being kept in the dark about these serious risks. ABC News recently reported that the Food and Drug Administration asked Merck (the maker of Fosamax) to "add information about the report of femur fractures" to the medications' package insert back in 2008!

Fosamax also causes jawbone degeneration, a disease now known to oral surgeons as Bisphosphate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ) or "Fossy Jaw" - a nasty side effect of Fosamax and related drugs that essentially causes your jawbone to rot and decay.

Bisphosphate drugs have been associated with:
- Serious eye inflammation and possible blindness
- Liver damage
- Atrial fibrillation
- Increased risk of ulcers
- Esophageal cancer
- Renal failure
- Skin reactions
- Hypocalcemia (blood calcium levels are too low)

A Safer Road to Bone Health...10 Steps
1. Increase your consumption of vegetables: try vegetable juicing.
2. Avoid processed foods.
3. Consume omega-3 fat and reduce or eliminate the amount of processed vegetable oils such as corn, canola, safflower, cotton seed oil that you consume.
4. Increase your calcium intake along with other related minerals
5. Avoid soft drinks and sugar.
6. Avoid steroids. Steroids increase your risk of osteoporosis.
7. Consider supplements with vitamin K2 if you are not getting enough from food alone eg. green leafy vegetables.
8. Optimize your vitamin D levels with sunshine, oily fish, egg yolks, fortified dairy
9. Exercise. Strength building exercises like weight training are especially helpful here.
10. Consider herbs to boost your hormones.

Source: New York Times March 24, 2010
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Vit D Prevents Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Studies have found that vitamin D plays an important role in mediating immune function.
New research now shows that low serum vitamin D levels increase the risk of nasal carriage of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Source: Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases March 8, 2010
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Is Breast Cancer Your Gene's Fault?

According to statistics only about 20-30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer actually have a family history.
So what thay have found is that it is NOT your genes that dictate your health but rather the expression of your genes. You have the ability to easily turn genes on and off with your diet, lifestyle and emotional state.

Source: Dr Mercola - www.mercola.com
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At least 2/3 Breast Cancer Cases are Likely Avoidable

Up to 1/3 of breast cancer cases in Western countries could be avoided if women ate less and exercised more, researchers at a breast cancer conference said. Experts said the focus should shift to changing behaviours like diet and physical activity. Obese women are up to 60% more likely to develop any cancer that normal-weight women. Many breast cancers are fueled by oestrogen, a hormone produced in fat tissue. So experts suspect that the fatter a women is, the more oestrogen she's likely to produce, which could in turn spark breast cancer.

Source: 7th European Breast Cancer Conference March 24-27, 2010, Barcelona, Spain.
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Satisfaction

Researchers from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, have found that women who are sexually satisfied score higher on wellbeing and vitality measures than women who are dissatisfied. This goes to show that sexuality is an important, but often overlooked, aspect of women's (and men's) health.

Source: Wellbeing Magazine Issue 124, page 12.
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Diet and Exercise Beat Drugs for Diabetes Heart Risks

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a new study which found that using antihypertensive drugs to lower systolic blood pressure does nothing to lower the risk of heart complications; another found no benefit to adding a drug to raise HDL ("good") cholesterol. Also, 2 drugs given to lower high blood sugar levels showed no benefits.
However, losing excess weight, increasing activity levels, and improving nutritional habits lead to better control of diabetes and lower risks of heart disease.

Sources:US News World Report March 15, 2010
New England Journal of Medicine March 18, 2010
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High Calcium Helps You to Live Longer!

Getting a bit more calcium in your diet could help you live longer, new research suggests. Researchers found that men who consume the most calcium in food were 25% less likely to die over the next decade. Men in the top 1/3 based on their calcium intake were getting nearly 2,000 milligrams a day, on average. Calcium could influence mortality risk in many ways, for example by reducing blood pressure, cholesterol, or blood sugar levels.

Sources: Reuters March 12, 2010
American Journal of Epidemiology February 19, 2010.
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Sitting is Believing

Sitting up straight in your chair isn't just good posture; it also gives you more confidence in your own thoughts. Researchers found that people who were told to sit up straight were more likely, in that posture, to believe thoughts they wrote down concerning whether they were qualified for a job. Those who slumped over their desks were less likely to accept these written-down feelings about their own qualifications. The results show that your body posture can affect not only what others think about you, but also how you think about yourself. It is another example of how the body and mind are in a continuous loop and how your mind often takes its cues from what is going on in your body. So sit up straight and be careful what you think, because you will believe it.
Source: European Journal of Social Psychology
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Mobile Bones!

Mobile phones are often carried in pants pocket or on the belt. Using dual X-ray absorptiometry, researchers compared bone density on the side where men wore their phones vs the opposite side. The men carried their phones for an average of 15 hours a day & used cell phones for an average of 6 yrs. The results showed a slight reduction in bone density of the pelvis on the side where the men carried their phones. The researchers point out the men were relatively young (average 32 yrs) & that further bone weakening may occur with longer follow-up.
Source: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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REIKI Review

Biofield therapies such as Reiki and therapeutic touch use subtle energy to stimulate the body's healing process. These techniques have been used over millennia in various cultures but have only recently been under the scrutiny of Western scientific methods. In a review of 66 clinical studies looking at biofield therapies, researchers found strong evidence that biofield therapies reduce pain intensity, moderate evidence that they ease agitated behaviours in dementia and moderate evidence that they reduce anxiety in hospitalised patients. More research is needed, but the fact that Western analysis is finding that these therapies do work in some areas suggests that maybe thousands of years of usage can be trusted.
Source: International Journal of Behavioural Medicine
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